Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Reading Goals

So, since 2017 is officially here (and has been for about two weeks), I figured I might as well post about our reading goals for the year! I'll also attempt figuring out all of the books I read in 2016, but I know it'll be far from accurate as I did not write it down and I know I won't remember everything!

For 2016, I actually didn't make any reading goals. I just wanted to finish one book a month, I guess! I can happily say that I did complete this very small goal of mine. (Some people aim for 100 books a year!)

Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 Yearly Reflection - In Pictures



Hello, everyone! So, my last post was a 2016 reflection, right? Well, if you didn't notice, it was my reflection, but specifically "the words". Today I have a visual 2016 reflection planned! Basically, I'm going to look back at the year in pictures, rather than mostly statistics and whatever notes I had jotted down over time. These pictures include bookstagram pictures and our collection of blog designs!

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 Yearly Reflection - The Words



Ahh! The year of 2016 is over! Some might say it's a good thing, because 2016 has been pretty bad. I guess I can agree in some ways, but that doesn't mean that 2016 was completely bad! I mean, it might have had some downs, but let's give it some credit, okay? And let's hope it was alright because this is my first yearly reflection, even though we haven't had this blog or our bookstagram for a full year yet. (Shhh.)

What I plan to do in this yearly reflection is very similar to what I do in my monthly reflections. I'm going to look over everything, see what went wrong and what went right, what could use some fixing or tweaking, what needs to go and what needs to come, etcetera etcetera. I will also show you almost everything that I have planned for 2016, which, frankly, isn't a lot.

But anyway, let's begin! (This might take a bit.)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Dear Readers - Another Apology & An Update


Hey, guys. I kinda messed up (again) this month. Next to no posts on the blog or bookstagram, and hardly a word from me. Unless you caught a few snippets of information on our Instagram stories, you were clueless and probably pretty confused, so I apologize about that. You don't have to forgive me this time, if you don't want to.

Anyway, I thought I should get you all caught up on what has been going on. From things you missed to what I've got planned behind the scenes. If you plan on sticking around for another rocky bookish ride with us in 2017, then pack what you need and strap up! Be sure to read this little "guide" beforehand. ;)

And with that, let's begin!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Navigating Bookstagram: Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - Pictures (Part 1)



Last time (in the introduction to this little blog series), I mostly did the whole "story" part, rather than giving tips. So, to officially start things off, I'm going to give some tips on the whole post/picture aspect, for those small accounts out there who are new or don't know where to go. It's something we sort of had to figure out on our own, and I'm here to help!

So. You have created your bookstagram account. Got a cool name and all that, maybe even a cute little bio. Great! Good! Now what? Well, let's see, of course, you want to follow some great bookstagrammers. Just don't get blocked from following people because you followed too many people in too short of a time, as I mentioned in the intro to this series. (Em got a li'l excited, heh heh.)

And now? Well, it's time to consider what you want to post. When it comes to posting, you have to think about your feed. While the individual posts might look good alone, how do they look when they're all jumbled up on your Instagram page? While some people definitely rock the "no theme" look, it's not easy to pull off. But in the beginning, I think it's perfectly acceptable. Actually, I would love it if you would.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Hollow City

Title: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy & Action ("Horror"?)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewer: Julia


Maybe this title isn't that familiar to you, but what about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? Yeah? Well, this is the action-packed, emotion-filled, much better sequel to that book, and the second book out of the trilogy. Not that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is bad, this one's just simply better (in my opinion), but if you haven't read it yet check out my book review on it and pick it up soon.

Moving on, Hollow City is a great teen book. (Note: teen, not that teen books are less, I just don't think it compares to some amazing adult books, of course. But I did give it 5 stars, so it's still great, if that's not too confusing.) It's got a good amount of friendship, character development, and plot action to exceed expectations and nicely satisfy the reader.

Let's start with a little summary, okay? Also, spoiler alert! Don't read this if you haven't read the first book because there are hints to what have happened in my review and it will also be a bit confusing. You have been warned.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Navigating Bookstagram: Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - Introduction


Hello, everyone! How are you all today? As most of you probably know already, Em and I have a bookstagram (bookish Instagram account) where we share pictures of books and our love for reading! The bookstagram community is actually pretty large (the largest account I have found so far has 200k followers), and while it’s full of great and wonderful people, it can also be a bit intimidating and scary for newbies and smaller accounts alike.

We’ve been on bookstagram for about seven months now, give or take, and have gotten more used to the swing of things on bookstagram. While there’s still so much for us to learn, we do know quite a few things that should prove to be useful to beginners and fellow smaller accounts. (I know that we have 1.1k, but if an account with 3.8k account I was talking to considers themself, then I think we count.) That’s why I’ve created this little series of posts where I plan to share some of my own stories every other Monday. Us smaller guys have to stick together, right?


"Us smaller guys have to stick together, right?"

First, let’s start with a little introduction, okay?